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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections

Winston-Clark Family Papers, 1814-1900

Ms. Coll. 1165
ca. 500 items (5 boxes)

Table of Contents

Biographical background

John Clark (1794-1885), Quaker, originally of North Carolina, married in 1821 Nancy Hussey. In 1832 Clark moved his family to Indiana. John and Nancy's children included Anna Clark (1827-1864) who in 1852 married Bowling Henry Winston (1822-1892), Hezekiah Clark (1833-1920), Daniel Clark (1824-1874), Martha Ann Clark (1829-1899), Lindley Murray Clark (1836-1861), Nancy Maria Clark (1838-1881) and Thomas Clark.

Anna and Bowling Henry Winston's children included John Clark Winston, Lindley Murray Winston, Lucy Winston and Clark Winston. After Anna C. Winston's death in 1864, Bowling H. Winston married Julia Ricks of Virginia.

Bowling Henry Winston (1822-1892) was the son of Pleasant Winston (1792-1876) of Virginia (later of Indiana), Quaker farmer and physician, who married in 1820 Elizabeth Clark, also of Virginia. This Elizabeth Clark was not related to the family of Anna Clark (1827-1864) who would marry her son Bowling H. Winston.

In addition to Bowling H. Winston, Pleasant and Elizabeth's children included Pleasant Winston, Jr., Ambrose W. Winston, Charles J. Winston, William Henry Harrison Winston and six other children who all died before reaching adulthood (George Clark Winston, Liberia Indiana Winston, George Whitlock Winston, Elizabeth Virginia Winston, Lucy Winston and Thomas Winston).

[Sources for above: introductory notes to the letters prepared by the donor as well as the letters themselves]

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Page 1 of letter of Bowling Henry Winston to his Uncle, Bowling Clark, July 2, 1837. Page 1 letter of Bowling Henry Winston to his Uncle, Bowling Clark. Montgomery Co., Indiana, July 2, 1837. Written at age 15 from the farm where they have lived since moving from Virginia, the letter tells of being a neighbor to David Crockett (d. 1836), crops, and raising farm animals Page 2 (each approximately 117K).

Page 1 of letter of Charles J. Winston to his aunt Mary Clark, November 13, 1864. Page 1 letter of Charles J. Winston to his aunt Mary Clark. Camp of 11th Virginia, November 13, 1864. On sorrowful family news, "sickness among the negroes", and with the election of Pres. Lincoln, an expectation of four more years of war Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 (each approximately 78K).

Summary of collection

Approximately 500 letters (also a few clippings, poems and other items) of the related Clark and Winston families of Virginia and Indiana. Letters discuss family and friends, the small schools that many members of these families began in the mid-west, as well as comments on politics, slavery, religion, education, etc..

Clark family letters (ca. 130) include those of Daniel Clark (ca. 29 letters, 1844-1852; discussing his schooling [at Friends Boarding School, Richmond, Indiana], teaching and his own schools, etc.); Hezekiah Clark (ca. 23 letters, 1846-1874; discussing his schooling [at New Garden Boarding School], teaching at his own schools, farming, etc.); John Clark (ca. 10 letters, 1837-1866; topics include Quaker Meeting news, Quaker ministers, business and farming concerns, etc.); N. Maria Clark (ca. 17 letters, 1850-1877; includes courtship correspondence with her deceased sister's husband, Bowling H. Winston);

Martha Ann Clark (ca. 17 letters, 1847-1899; topics include her studies and teaching, etc.); Mary H. Clark (ca. 16 letters, 1839-1864; includes letters to her nephews, especially to BHW discussing his education and giving her support to same, criticism of Pleasant Winston Sr., family news, Civil War excitement, William H.H. Winston in prison camp); Thomas Winston and Lindley M. Winston (ca. 13 letters, 1852-1860; includes letters while at Haverford College).

Winston family letters (ca. 370) include the following:

  • Ambrose W. Winston (ca. 20 letters, 1840-1877; discussing school [at Emory and Henry College], travel, Camp meetings, Civil War, farming, teaching school, family news, etc.)
  • Anna Clark Winston (ca. 18 letters, 1846-1863 or 4; discussing teaching, Quaker activities, etc.)
  • Bowling H. Winston (ca. 110 letters, 1834-1890; topics include family news, schooling [at Mt. Pleasant Boarding School in Ohio, later at U. of Virginia], politics, travel, teaching, slavery, farming, Quaker activities and Meetings, military service [his brothers are in Confederate Army], courtship correspondence with his deceased wife's sister, N. Maria Clark, etc.)
  • Charles J. Winston (ca. 8 letters, 1852-1864; news of family and friends, in Confederate Army)
  • Elizabeth C. Winston (ca. 54 letters, 1824-1852; include thoughts on spiritual matters and death, health concerns, illness and death of her children, family news, her homesickness for her relatives and friends left behind in Va., farming, etc.)
  • John C. Winston (ca. 14 letters, 1866-1896; includes letters while at Haverford College)
  • Julia W. Winston (ca. 12 letters, 1870-1896; family news and letters to stepchildren, etc.)
  • Lucy A. Winston (ca. 14 letters, 1877-1899; many are while she is at the National Surgical Institute in Indianapolis receiving treatment for her hip and leg)
  • Pleasant Winston, Jr. (ca. 31 letters, 1842-1861; discussing family news, schooling [at Mt. Pleasant Boarding School], his mother's illness and death, farming, includes letters between brother - evidence of some friction with father)
  • Pleasant Winston, Sr. (ca. 12 letters, 1834-1888; some discussion of Quaker matters, education of his children, etc.)
  • William Henry Harrison Winston (ca. 12 letters, 1864-1908; news of family, plans to join the Confederate Army, includes letters from 11th Virginia, federal prison at Point Lookout, Md.)

Arrangement and description of collection

The collection is arranged by the item number assigned to each letter (or other paper) by the donor. The letters are divided into two series, Clark family letters (designated by a "C" number) and Winston family letters (designated by a "W" number). This numbering system corresponds (for the most part) to the chronological order of the letters. Note that two letters written by Anna Clark before her marriage to Bowling H. Winston are filed with the Clark letters; her letters to BHW before their marriage and those after marriage are filed in the Winston series.

Contents of boxes:

  • Box 1 - Clark series of letters, C1 - C130
  • Box 2 - Winston series of letters, W1 - W92
  • Box 3 - Winston series, continued, W93 - W158
  • Box 4 - Winston series, continued, W159 - W285
  • Box 5 - Winston series, continued, W286 - W370

Finding aids to the collection:

The notes for each item give the date and location of each letter, names of writer and recipient, and information on the contents of each letter. These notes can be found immediately following the end of the list of correspondents, and an additional copy has been placed in Box 1.

In addition to the above notes, which are listed by item number and therefore chronological, an alphabetical list of correspondents (taken from the notes) has been compiled and immediately follows.

List of correspondents:

List of correspondents with item number(s) (of letters or other papers) assigned to them. This information is taken from the notes compiled by the donor.

[ ] - B

  • [ ] - C2, C4, C5, C43, C122b, W158, W191, W360 [notes only], W367, W370
  • [ ], Mary Ann - C86
  • B., E.A. - W161
  • Bodly, Sarah - W354
  • Butler, Virginia J. - W289

C (except Clark)

  • Campbell, A. Rebecca - W154
  • Campbell, R. - W78
  • Campbell, Virginia (Kyle) - W78
  • Carrington, Maria L. - W287
  • Chase, Thomas - W328
  • [Clark, see below]
  • Coggeshall, Oliver - C114
  • Cox, Isaac - C74
  • Cox, John - W41

Clark

  • Clark, Bowling - W164, W205, W207, W246, W344
  • Clark, Daniel - C10-13, C16, C22, C23, C25-27, C30, C33, C38, C39, C41, C44, C45, C48, C50, C51, C52, C65, C67, C72, C73, C87, W133, W139, W142
  • Clark, Edward M. - W123
  • Clark, Elizabeth Cheadle - W354
  • Clark, George C. - C8, C9, C35, C37
  • Clark, Hezekiah - C13, C56?, C92, C96, C99, C101, C103-106, C113, C115, C117, C118, C121, C123-129, W226
  • Clark, [J. ?.] - W3
  • Clark, Jeddie - C129
  • Clark, John - C5b, C6, C7, C14, C15, C32, C110, C116, C130, W294
  • Clark, Johnny- C129
  • Clark, Julia Ann - C20, C28, C42, C46?, C53, C64?, C89
  • Clark, Lindley M. - C97, C100, C107-109, C111, C120
  • Clark, Lucy - W4
  • Clark, Mattie - C129
  • Clark, Maria - C78, C95, W250, W270, W273, W275, W278, W280, W281, W296, W326; also as "Clark, Nancy Maria" or "N. Maria Clark" - C57, C110, C119, W256, W282, W283
  • Clark, Martha Ann - C19, C31, C34, C36, C58, C61, C66, C69, C70, C75-78, C80, C81, C85, W365
  • Clark, Mary H. - W32, W44, W52, W66, W76, W81, W166, W185, W198, W204, W208, W223, W237, W238, W266, W267
  • Clark, Nancy (Hussey) - C1, C3, C14, C85, W249
  • Clark, Samuel - C28
  • Clark, Sarah [N.] - W8
  • Clark, Susie - C129, W304, W331, W348
  • Clark, Thomas - C79, C90, C94, C95, C99, C108b
  • Clark, William A. - W29

D - H

  • Dabney, I. - W153
  • Effinger, Barbara [later Massie?] - W253, W258?, W286, W290
  • [Fisher, Mary E.] - W5, W6
  • [Fisher, Dr. S.B.] - W6
  • Harris, Amelia C. - W2
  • Harris, E.W. - W292
  • Hill, John D. - C93, W175 [this is a photocopy of C93]
  • Hill, Sarah Ann - C60
  • Hobbs, Barnabas C. - W69, W80, W82, W122
  • Horney, Jesse - W212-214, W216, W218, W220, W221, W232, W248, W263
  • Hussey, Jesse - C102

J - N

  • Johnson, Abijah - W219
  • Jones, Maria C. - W58, W161?
  • Jones, Mary - W161
  • Kyle, Lucy (Winston) - W211
  • Lindley, Asenath C. - C19, C54?, C59?
  • Lynch, Zalinda - W1
  • [Massie?], Florence - W288, W291
  • Massie, Sally (Sarah) Clark - W14, W205
  • Massie, William - W21, W40, W92, W205
  • Mayhew, E.C. - C122
  • Miller, M.R. [later Mol. R. Pearson?] - C18, C24, C29
  • Naylor, Elizabeth - W54
  • Newby, Mary - C91
  • Noel, Samuel M. - W124, W130, W138

R - S

  • Rhoads, James E. - W350
  • Rhoads, Samuel - C98, C112, W252
  • Ricks, A. - W301
  • Ricks, Missouri P. [W.] - W111
  • Ricks, W.A. - W300
  • Robinson, M.L. - W83
  • Robinson, Mary Sue - W158
  • S., [Captain] - W268
  • Siler, Ellwood C. - W125
  • Simpson, John A. - W354
  • Simpson, Amelia H. - W242
  • Stuart, H.F. - C110b

T - Y (except Winston)

  • Taylor, Israel - W65
  • Terrell, Mary W. - W89
  • Thomas, Harvey - C63, C68, C82, C84
  • Thornburgh, Dizer - C88
  • Western Yearly Meeting - W298
  • White, Elizabeth (Ricks) - W299, W302
  • White, Martha A. - C40
  • Whitlock, A. - W129
  • Wilson, Jethro R. - C71
  • [Winston see below]
  • Young, Edward C. - C47 (p. 1-4 of what is C55), C49, C55 (p. 5-6 of C47), C62

Winston

  • Winston, Ambrose W. - W37, W155, W170, W176, W192, W195, W198, W200, W204, W209, W210, W234, W236, W240, W241, W297, W305, W310, W316, W330
  • Winston, Anna C. (Clark) - C17, C83, W182, W187, W194, W201-203, W206, W215, W222, W224, W227, W228, W229, W245, W251, W254
  • Winston, Bowling Henry - W16, W19, W20
    Page 1 of letter of Bowling Henry Winston to his Uncle, Bowling Clark, July 2, 1837. Page 1 letter of Bowling Henry Winston to his Uncle, Bowling Clark. Montgomery Co., Indiana, July 2, 1837. Written at age 15 from the farm where they have lived since moving from Virginia, the letter tells of being a neighbor to David Crockett (d. 1836), crops, and raising farm animals Page 2 (each approximately 117K).
  • W30, W31, W34, W39, W45, W49, W51, W53, W55, W56, W59-62, W67, W70-75, W77, W79, W84-86, W90, W93, W96-98, W100-102, W104-106, W108, W109, W112, W116, W127, W135-137, W143, W146-149, W150?, W151?, W154, W156?, W157, W178, W190, W202, W203, W210, W217, W228-231, W235, W251, W254, W256, W259, W261, W264, W270-272, W274, W276, W277, W279, W280, W282, W284, W285, W293, W308, W312, W315, W317-319, W323, W325, W327, W330, W333, W334, W338, W341, W343-347b, W349, W355
  • Winston, Charles J. - W160, W186, W198, W233, W244, W247
    Page 1 of letter of Charles J. Winston to his aunt Mary Clark, November 13, 1864. Page 1 letter of Charles J. Winston to his aunt Mary Clark. Camp of 11th Virginia, November 13, 1864. On sorrowful family news, "sickness among the negroes", and with the election of Pres. Lincoln, an expectation of four more years of war Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 (each approximately 78K).
  • W269
  • Winston, E. Cornelia - W120, W131, W189
  • Winston, Elizabeth "Lizzy" - W113
  • Winston, Elizabeth C. - W7, W9-13, W16-18, W20, W22-26, W33, W35, W38, W42, W46, W48, W50, W62-64, W68, W87, W91, W95, W99, W103, W107, W113-115, W117-119, W121, W126, W132, W134, W135, W138, W140, W141, W145, W152, W155, W162, W163, W165, W168, W186
  • Winston, [George] - W36
  • Winston, John C. - W294, W295, W311, W312, W318, W322, W331, W333, W336, W339, W342, W351, W359 [notes only], W363
  • Winston, Julia W. (Ricks) - W303 [notes only], W306, W307, W309, W312, W325, W327, W335, W345, W346, W362, W364
  • Winston, Liberia Indiana - W48, W91, W94
  • Winston, Lindley Clark [later Lindley Murray] - W295, W314, W321, W352, W353, W358
  • Winston, Lucy A. - W260, W262, W320, W324, W329, W332, W337, W340, W349, W355-357, W361, W366 [notes only], W368, W369?
  • Winston, Lucy E. - W260, W262
  • Winston, M.L. - W88
  • Winston, Pleasant (Jr.) - W47, W73, W82, W106b?, W110, W112, W114, W144, W163, W165, W167-169, W171-174, W177, W179, W181, W184, W186, W188, W193, W195-197, W199, W233, W240, W241
  • Winston, Pleasant (Sr.) - W15, W28, W42, W43, W50, W57, W68, W159, W180, W183, W313, W354
  • Winston, Thomas B. - W128
  • Winston, William H.H. (Henry Harrison) - W27, W162, W167, W188, W193, W196?, W225, W239, W243, W247, W255, W257

545 bb

  • John Clark (1794-1885), Quaker, of N.C., m. 1821 Nancy Hussey. In 1832 the family moved to Indiana. John and Nancy's children included Anna Clark (1827-1864) who m. 1852 Bowling Henry Winston (1822-1892), Hezekiah Clark (1833-1920), Daniel Clark (1824-1874), Martha Ann Clark (1829-1899), Lindley Murray Clark (1836-1861), Nancy Maria Clark (1838-1881) and Thomas Clark. Anna and Bowling Henry Winston's children included John Clark Winston, Lindley Murray Winston, Lucy Winston and Clark Winston. After Anna C. Winston's death, Bowling H. Winston m. Julia Ricks.
  • Bowling H. Winston (1822-1892) was the son of Pleasant Winston (1792-1876) of Va., Quaker farmer and physician, who m. 1820 Elizabeth Clark (d. 1852) of Va. The family later moved to Indiana. Pleasant and Elizabeth's other children were Pleasant Winston, Jr., Ambrose W. Winston, Charles J. Winston, William Henry Harrison Winston and six children who died before adulthood.

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